Temple University bans hoverboards from campus

The university says the ban is in effect unless or until they’re proven not to be a fire hazard.

News12 in August, Ga. tweeted this photo of a hoverboard that caught fire while charging. Several universities, including Temple, have banned them.

News12 in August, Ga. tweeted this photo of a hoverboard that caught fire while charging. Several universities, including Temple, have banned them.

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Classes resume today at Temple University, but students who got hoverboards for the holidays will have to leave them home.

Billy Penn reached out to local universities during the winter break regarding their policies on hoverboards, and Temple issued an official statement Friday.

The statement reads:

In light of recent hazards related to hoverboards, Temple University is prohibiting these devices on all university campuses, including in residence halls and academic buildings, unless or until the university determines that appropriate standards can be implemented to reduce associated safety and fire risks.

Beginning with the spring 2016 semester, hoverboards may not be used, charged or stored anywhere on campus.

The Consumer Protection Safety Commission is testing the motorized skateboard-like devices after buyers reported hoverboards were catching fire during use and while charging, and Temple is far from the only place to ban the boards.

Temple’s ban is in effect “unless or until the university determines that appropriate standards can be implemented to reduce associated safety and fire risks.” The university also took the opportunity to remind skateboarders to stay off railings and stop squishing plants.

Besides, they’re not easy to ride. Just ask Mike Tyson.

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